Monday, July 27, 2015

A's Series Starts Tomorrow - Scheduled Autograph Sessions, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts tomorrow against the Oakland A's, and several former Dodgers are scheduled for an autograph session with fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.


Tuesday, July 28th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Tuesday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.

It is also Clippers Night at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package in the All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion or Infield Reserve will get an exclusive Clippers t-shirt.  See that on the left.  If not already sold out go here for information.

As part of Clippers night, 10-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA team selection and 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce, recently signed by the Clippers, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Members of the Clippers’ Spirit Dance team will be in the right-field plaza beginning at 5:10 p.m. where DJ Adam will also provide entertainment.  There will be an exclusive Clipper Nation drink that can be purchased at the right-field plaza bar and features half-red and half-blue frozen Margarita in a Dodger Cup.

Dodger alumnus Al Ferrara will sign autographs in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Eric Reyes of Riverside.


Wednesday, July 29th at 7:10 PM
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Wednesday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.  The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Yasiel Puig bobblehead.  See it on the left.

Puig’s mother, Maritza, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jack of Jack in the Box will also be on hand to throw a first pitch.  Beach Volleyball Olympians April Ross, a 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, and Sean Rosenthal, a two-time Olympian, will throw a first pitch ahead of the 56th Annual Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Manhattan Beach Open. Both Ross and Rosenthal represent their teams as defending champions of the prestigious tournament which will be held again August 13-16 on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Dodger alumnus Tim Leary will sign autographs in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Air Force Sergeant Joseph A. Quintos.

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2015 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Autograph, Relic and Some Dodger Insert Cards

Following up on the Dodger base cards I shared in a post on Friday, below are the autograph, relic and "Starting Points" insert Dodger cards that are available.  Of note, Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Adrian Beltre have Dodger cards in the "Starting Points" set.


#AGA-CKE Clayton Kershaw 

#AGA-JPE Joc Pederson                    #AGA-YGA Yimi Garcia

Blog Kiosk: 7/27/2015 - Dodger Links - Uribe, Greinke and Kenley Jansen

I ain't even mad.

Juan Uribe is just a winner - a clubhouse leader who has a knack for knocking in the winning run while making you smile at your misfortune.  And last night he did just that against the Dodgers.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"It was straight over the plate," Jansen said of the 95-mph cutter that didn't cut. "I tried to elevate it, but it didn't move. He was a good teammate, he's a good friend and he was the best man today."
I miss you Uribear! 

Photo above is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.  Below are some links to check out:
  • Congrats to the new family.  Welcome to the Blue, Bode Nicholas Greinke! Via a @Dodgers tweet:

“If anything, I feel negative about it,” Greinke told reporters after his streak ended on Sunday afternoon at 45 2/3 innings. “Now I don’t have to answer questions all the time.” 
  • Via Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs, "The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects" includes two Dodger players: Jharel Cotton and Tim Locastro.
  • Via Murphy Powell at Beyond the Boxscore, "Kenley Jansen is doing everything better than before."
  • The 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention is coming next weekend, so Panini shared some more cards that will be inserted into their wrapper redemption program for the show; including the Joc Pederson autograph card on the right.  Go here to check out more preview pics.
  • Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy shares a bunch of pics of the Clayton Kershaw / Josh Beckett "no-hitter" bobblehead the RC Quakes gave out a couple of months back.
  • Stealing Home at All Trade Bait, All the Time shares his experience at the recently held Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals Induction Ceremony; including a whole bunch of great photos.
  • David shares his experience at the Masanori "Mashi" Murakami book signing in Whittier a couple of weeks ago, here.  As you may know, Mashi was the very first MLB'er from Japan.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

2015 Allen & Ginter Baseball - The Dodger Base Cards

The ever popular Allen & Ginter Baseball card set is now on store shelves, and I've got pics of all of the Dodger base cards below.  Go here for a complete checklist of the set.

I've also included a checklist and examples of several of the other mini parallel cards that can be found; including the cloth (silk), metal and glossy mini cards.  These three sets have their own unique checklist.  I've also included the "Mini Exclusive" cards that can only be found in RIP cards.  Unfortunately, at the time of this posting I have yet to see the Yasiel Puig card.

#3 Adrian Gonzalez                          #88 Carl Crawford

#91 Howie Kendrick

Blog Kiosk: 7/24/2015 - Dodger Links - Kershaw, Greinke and Joc Pederson

The unhittable Clayton Kershaw.  He was magnificent... No, he's been magnificent for quite some time now. 

Last night he threw a complete game three-hit shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 29 innings, and I think it's fair to say that all the troubles he faced at the start of the season are now over.  Heck, he might be pitching better than he ever has in the past.  Consider this, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
Kershaw is the first MLB pitcher with three straight games of at least 10 strikeouts and no runs or walks allowed.
In over 100 years of history no pitcher has ever done what Kershaw is currently doing.  That's amazing.

The above photo of Kershaw and Joc Pederson in midst of a "high-five" is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to take a look at more photos from yesterday's game from Jon.  Below are some links to check out:
  • I gotta get on this right away.  Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy tells us about a limited edition Dodger pin giveaway at 76 gas stations, here.
  • Hey!  Congrats to the expecting family.  I guess Greinke's scoreless streak will have to wait a bit.  He is likely to miss his scheduled start today, but could pitch over the weekend.  Via a tweet from Alanna Rizzo:

JM:  You mentioned breakfast; I'm wondering, when you're out with your teammates, who picks up the check?
JP:  I went with [Scott] Van Slyke the other day, and we got to play credit card roulette, and that was cool. Adrian Gonzalez, I go with him a lot, and I always ask him to let me pay but he never lets it happen. It's kind of awkward at times. He's done so much for me that I really want to pay – it would be nice to buy one breakfast or something.
  • Kudos to the Indians.  Via Ian Denomme at Big League Stew, "Report: Indians won’t trade Mike Aviles, whose daughter is battling leukemia."
  • Here's a great interview Drake Witham at SportsNet with Robin Knight.  She was previously cast as one of the ballplayers in "A League of Their Own" and currently works at Dodger Stadium on the Pitch F/X system and as a stats stringer.  Check it out here.
Madonna and I were pals during the shoot ... great ensemble. Mo, that’s what I called her, was one of the hardest working people. She did not want anyone doing her baseball stuff for her, Geena was the same way. Plus they worked their butts off on any down time, a small group of us would go out and practice practice practice.  I teased her that she played baseball like a dancer and she picked on me when we had to do the jitterbug. She said, “yeah, well you dance like a baseball player.” We both learned.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Check Out the Kershaw Challenge Auction at MLB

Clayton Kershaw, past winner of both the Roberto Clemente and Branch Rickey Awards for his humanitarian work, currently has an auction up at MLB Auctions that benefits his Kershaw's Challenge charity.  There's a bunch of great stuff to check out.  Go here for a complete listing. 

Below are a handful of items that stuck out to me.
(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

Below is Sandy Koufax's complete Old-Timers Game uniform he wore on May 16th, 2015 at Dodger Stadium. 
(Auction Link)

And below is Clayton Kershaw's game worn jersey worn in the Civil Rights Game honoring Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium April 15th, 2015.  Notice the patch on the right shoulder.  It has also been signed by both Kershaw and Sandy Koufax.
(Auction Link)

The next three items are all canvas prints by noted sports artist Stephen Holland.  They have all been signed by the player (with exception of the Jackie Robinson... obviously).

Clayton Kershaw (link)
(Auction Link)
Fernando Valenzuela (link)
(Auction Link)

Jackie Robinson (link)
(Auction Link)

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Blog Kiosk: 7/23/2015 - Dodger Links - Pederson, Anderson and Bolsinger

What perfect symmetry.  Heck, what perfect pitching!

Mike Bolsinger has been fantastic.  Yesterday afternoon he went seven strong innings; allowing only three hits and a lone run on a ground ball out in the third inning.  He used his magic powers (a rascally breaking ball) to fool and befuddle Braves batters, so much so that they resorted to playing mind games with him.  From their dugout they tried to bruise his ego by basically calling him a wussy for throwing too many curveballs.  Via Carlos Collazo at
"If you're showing me you're not hitting a pitch, why would I go to something else?" Bolsinger said. "That's baseball. If you show me you're not doing something, I'm going to keep attacking your weaknesses."

And Bolsinger said that was definitely the case against the Braves, as the scouting reports have shown that the team struggles against offspeed offerings. That, combined with the fact that Bolsinger felt good with his curveball and slider as early as his pregame bullpen session, led to Atlanta seeing 61 offspeed pitches out of the 98 that he threw.

"For Mike, it's a matter of being able to get the ball to both sides of the plate a little bit with his fastball," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "And then that sets up the breaking ball."
That's what I call good pitching... And good game calling on the part of Grandal.  The above photo is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out more pics from him from yesterday's game.  Below are some links to check out:
“The thing is trying to understand when a pitcher is trying to pitch around you and not give you anything to hit,” McGwire said. “Instead of getting yourself out, accept those walks, and don’t try to force the issue. That’s the way, at this level, you’ll knock down your strikeouts.”

Pederson said something similar, stressing the importance of reading the pitcher’s intentions. But he does not sound eager to cut down on his swing to slap more singles. Pederson wants to maximize damage when he connects.

“I like to slug,” he said. “I take aggressive swings. I swing and miss because of it, and I think I still have a lot to improve.”
"Take it day by day," Anderson said. "But just the drastic difference between today and yesterday -- which was surprising, but is a positive. Hopefully I can continue on that path, and [hopefully] it was just kind of a fluke deal where it grabbed and bothered me and I'm able to go out for the next one."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vintage Dodger Videos from the AP - Watch '63 Dodgers Sing in the Clubhouse

This afternoon I ran into a story, via Daniel Cooper at engadget (link here), that announced the recent downloading of over 550,000 vintage film reels onto youtube by the Associated Press.  Along with partner British Movietone they hope to create a "view-on-demand visual encyclopedia" for everyone to enjoy.   So, I figured I should take a moment and check it out.  After all, they likely have well over 100 years of unseen archives hidden within their vault.  Check out some of the vintage Dodger videos that I've discovered so far below:

Here is some color footage of an empty Dodger Stadium in October 1966 and practicing on the field are the American League pennant winning Baltimore Orioles preparing for the upcoming World Series against the Dodgers. 

Video Link:

This next video is undated, but likely comes from the 1960's.  Watch a spring training video highlighting a visit by the Tokyo Giants to Dodgertown at Vero Beach.  It starts at about the 1:36 mark.

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Here's a bunch of soundless clips from the 3rd game of the 1963 World Series at Dodger Stadium.  You see the growing crowd, the admission and concession lines, fans in the stands, players warming up (including Berra and Drysdale) and some game play.  BTW, the Dodgers won 1-0.

Video Link:

And here's the best of the bunch.  below is some B&W video inside the Dodger clubhouse after Sandy Koufax pitched a complete game gem to win the 1963 World Series against the Yankees.  Watch some of the celebration, Vin Scully interviewing Sandy and Walter Alston, and the Dodger players singing a version of the Mickey Mouse Club song but with mouse replaced with "Moose" (wha!!!).  It must be in reference to Dodger infielder Moose Skowron.  As you may know, Moose played for the Yankees nine years prior to his joining the Dodgers.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Molly Knight, Tim Leary and Nancy Bea Hefley

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


You've heard of the book.  Now, you can meet the author.  Tonight, Molly Knight will be at Vroman's Bookstore to sign her new Dodger book for fans.  Go here for information.
Event date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Vroman's Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

This is probably the best Dodger autograph event of the year.  Nancy Bea Hefley will be signing autographs and her new bobblehead at Ultimate Pastime in Ontario.  Go here or here for information.
We are proud to announce that we have the EXCLUSIVE rights to the FIRST EVER Nancy Bea bobblehead! Not only does her HEAD bobble, but her HAND does too!! The Meet & Greet with Nancy will take place in Ontario, Ca. on Saturday, July 25, 2015! This will be an event you won't want to miss & will be fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!! Nancy has agreed to inscribe, "Take me out to the Ballgame" on the first 200 of these!!!! ***ONLY 1,200 bobbles are available. GOLD PACKAGE (VIP) - $79 ONLY The first 200!!! (Includes a Limited Edition, signed "Take me out to the ballgame" Bobble (#'d), A Photo-Op with Nancy, An Autographed 8x10 photo of Nancy, VIP line access, Food & Drinks & Memories to Last a Lifetime.) SILVER PACKAGE - $49 (Includes an Autographed Bobble, A Photo-Op with Nancy, Food & Drinks & Memories to Last a Lifetime. *** Bring your own items to be signed!!! Additional autographs will be available for only $19 & inscriptions for $10 each. *** This will be the ONLY time Nancy will be signing these. She will not sign this bobble at ANY other event.
Ultimate Pastime
1614 S Carlos Ave Suite K
Ontario, California

BTW, former Dodger Al Ferrara will also be there to sign free autographs for fans; starting at 10:00 AM.

1988 World Series Champion Tim Leary will be at Iguana's Bar in Pico Rivera on Sunday, July 26 from 12:00 PM noon to 2:00 PM.  Go here for information.
Iguana's Bar
8528 Rosemead Blvd
Pico Rivera, California 90660

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Blog Kiosk: 7/22/2015 - Dodger Links - Kendrick's Epic Rant

Check out the above epic rant by Dodger second baseman Howie Kendrick that he posted on instagram yesterday.  (Hat Tip: r/sgtjoo on reddit)  I say epic because... Well, I kind of like it when players, who are often treated like they are mere things that exist to only entertain us, come out of the shadows to show us how human they are.

Like just about anyone under the constant glare of the public, Howie often gets degrading and demeaning comments from anonymous idiots with nothing better to do.  Sure, he should just ignore them, but sometimes you just get sick of it.  Sometimes, you need to lash out.

BTW, I don't think he's ranting at all fans - just the nobs who are not nice.  In fact, I would be willing to bet some of those idiots think they're funny.  For the record, most of them aren't... Not by a long-shot... Oftentimes, they are just mean... And I've had enough of the schadenfreude so persistent on social media.

So Howie, you keep being you... And as a Dodger fan I will always root for your success.  And yes, I agree with you, the Dodgers are fine.  I do think we'll need some tweaking here and there, but for the most part I'm not unhappy with where we are.  Oh... I happen to like guns too.  So, feel free to continue enjoying your hobby.

Below are some links to check out:
Then when it became clear that McCourt was going to be forced to sell the team, I basically moved in with my sister in West Hollywood and continued reporting. I got tired of paying New York rent when I wasn’t there—and I needed a change of scenery for a variety of personal reasons. So in March, 2011 I basically sent for my stuff and continued covering all the craziness around McCourt. Then when he sold the team for $2 billion to this really interesting guy from Chicago, I became even more intrigued. But it wasn’t until the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke, honestly, that I thought about writing a book. And it was because a few Dodger players who knew me texted and said “Shit. We were bankrupt and now we have Greinke and Kershaw and we’re going to win a title. You should write a book.” That’s what happened.
  • The Dodgers on twitter shared an early peek at the Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead that they will be giving away on 9/16.  Check it out on the right.
  • Via the MLPAA, Joc Pederson has been named the Dodgers representative for the 2015 Heart & Hustle Awards.
  • Via Hugh Bernreuter at, "Dodgers prospect Tommy Bergjans takes long path back home."
"I was probably throwing around 85 or so when I got to college, but then it started to bump up to 87-88 my freshman year, then 89-90 after my sophomore year and in the 90s after my junior year," Bergjans said. "All of a sudden, I'm starting to think that maybe baseball won't be done after four years."
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